Sunday, April 11, 2010

Upcoming Topic--Finding Johann in 1870

Johann Ufkes cannot be found in any 1870 census enumeration, despite my repeated attempts to locate him.

Briefly, here is what is known relative to Johann's 1870 census enumeration:
  • Johann came to the United States in March of 1869, per his entry on a ship manifest.
  • Within a few weeks of his arrival in New York, Johann was living near Golden, Adams County, Illinois, where he would work as a hired man.
  • On 19 August 1871, Johann filed a declaration of intent to become a citizen in Hancock County, Illinois.
  • On 4 Sept 1872, Johann was in Franklin County, Nebraska, when and where he filed a homestead claim.
  • By 20 Nov 1873, Johann has abandoned his homestead claim in Franklin County, Nebraska, and locals there do not know his whereabouts.
  • On 10 March 1874, Johann marries Noentje Grass in Hancock County, Illinois.
Johann is in the 1880 census in Hancock County, Illinois. Additional details on his life will not be posted here, but the remainder of his life was spent in Hancock and Adams Counties in Illinois.

Johann could easily have been enumerated under the first name of John, Jann, Jann, or Janns.

Because of patronymics in the area in which he was from, John could have been enumerated with last name other than Ufkes. These last names are:

  • Frederichs
  • Hinrichs
  • Janssen
Or any of their concomitant variant spellings. Johann Ufkes was born in Ostfriesland, Germany, in 1838.

I'll post citation information for the chronology later or when the research results (or process, even if unsuccessful) appears in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues.

If we find him, we will post the citation for the 1870 census here, even if you don't subscribe to the newsletter, blog viewers will still be able to see how he was located.

Note: I posted this because Tina S. on Facebook asked about my 1870 census "problem" and this problem was simply too long for a Facebook post.

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